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APNewsBreak: Consumers Energy to stop burning coal by 2040

This story from idahostatesman.com represents the general trend of utilities to invest in renewable energy. Could be that renewable energy is cheaper to maintain over a longer period of time? Updated February 19, 2018 10:08 AM Consumers Energy will phase out electricity production from coal by 2040 to slash emissions …

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Organic polymer solar cells expected to open niche market opportunities

Today I came across this story from pv-magazine-india.com that focuses on new innovation: While they cannot match the durability and efficiency of inorganic silicon-based solar cells, organic polymer solar cells show potential to provide power to remote microwatt sensors, wearable technology and the Wi-Fi-connected devices constituting the Internet of Things. …

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New ‘battery’ bottles sunshine could spark solar revolution

What is most likely to be an overlooked story from wnd.com focuses innovation in the fast moving solar space. (NBC News) Solar energy is clean, abundant, and irritatingly inconvenient: It doesn’t work at night or on cloudy days. You can convert sunshine into electricity and store it in a battery, …

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Energy Efficiency Saves Lives, Avoids Huge Health Costs

This story from nrdc.org provides some great insights: Power plants that burn coal, oil, or natural gas release small particles that can embed deep in our lungs (fine particulate matter), gases that irritate our respiratory systems (like sulfur dioxide), and gases that interact with sunlight to form hazardous smog (nitrogen …

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Though EV demand is growing, range anxiety remains a concern

This story from upi.com illustrates the growth of electric vehicles (EVs) Feb. 21 (UPI) — After a forecast for gains in deployment, feedback from a forum by a state public service commission found range anxiety for electric vehicles was a concern. British energy company BP reported in an annual forecast …

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Idaho Transportaion Department Lights The Way With New Solar-Powered Markers

boisestatepublicradio.org argues a revealing On a dark, unfamiliar street, you may not see that raised curb or concrete island coming at you. The Idaho Transportation Department wants to help by trying out a new kind of pavement marker. Taking advantage of the mild winter and plenty of sunshine, ITD is …

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Solar Information Center

Going Solar: How do You Choose the Right Solar Company in Idaho? I often get asked what I think are the most important points to consider when choosing a solar company in Idaho.. When you put all the marketing and shiny objects aside, there are definitely some specific categories all …

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Homeowners Cash In On Idaho Solar Net Metering Program

Early adopters always get the greatest benefits of solar powering their homes. As state utility companies change their rules, existing solar customers are “grand-fathered” with their existing solar credit program, while brand new solar customers receive a new Net Energy Metering program (usually less beneficial to customer). Idaho Power serves …

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Idaho Power Seeks Changes for Solar Customer Compensation

Traditional state utility companies are scrambling to address rising Infrastructure and maintenance costs. Its an old system and cannot even compete with the simplicity, effectiveness and lower costs of distributed energy systems (solar, wind…etc). By KIMBERLEE KRUESI, Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Power said Thursday it wants permission …

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Research Findings: Does Solar Increase Your Home Value?

This is a very interesting study because it illuminates the value solar adds to home prices. This is above and beyond the actual savings from the solar system itself, based on unpredictable utility rates. A new report from Lawrence Berkeley National Labs shows that residential photovoltaic energy systems in California …

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Solar Battery Storage: Sonnen cuts battery system cost by 40%-A new era in home solar

These Batteries are ushering in a new era for home energy storage-as these batteries become cost-effective to homeowners, they will start integrating them into their home solar systems, and become less dependent on the current monopoly-based dirty energy. German battery maker Sonnen has introduced a compact battery designed for residential use …

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California Utilities: How your Electricity Rates are Changing

We are in the midst of the greatest utility rate structure change over the last 15 years! If you get electricity from Southern California Edison, you’ll probably pay more starting Wednesday — and bigger rate changes are on the horizon for all California utilities. Wednesday’s rate hike stems from a controversial decision by …

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Tesla’s Plan to Buy SolarCity Leaves many Questions

More change to come for SolarCity & Tesla-this company’s individual parts are doing some amazing things on their own, but just imagine how such a big company would handle integration into one company After Tesla’s announcement on Tuesday of a $2.8 billion offer to acquire SolarCity, Tesla’s stock was down …

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California Solar Subsidies: Understanding Solar Incentives

Incentives continue to evolve and change with the industry California is ground zero for solar energy in the United States. So, it seems logical to start our state-level solar energy deep dives here. In the article below, I’ll provide as thorough a look at California solar incentives + solar installers …

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Unlikely Alliance Between Utility and Solar Companies in New York

Utilities now complain that those payments are too high and they effectively pay solar customers higher retail prices for power they could purchase from conventional sources at a much lower wholesale price. The compromise plan would reduce the payments but also place a value on the environmental benefits of solar …

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